Cemetery Dust – To rule them all


They might have two well-received and praised albums under their belt, but Austrian metallers Cemetery Dust is probably still an unknown property in the main thrust of the metal scene. That might and should be about to change with the release of To rule them all. The band’s third album is an antagonistic and compelling maelstrom of old school thrash and death metal which is also equipped with the contagious grooving of modern metal. It is a roar of old and new, an encounter familiar yet simultaneously fresh, and though it might not take its creators to the top table of the global metal scene it will forcibly slap the face of widespread attention.

Hailing from Braunau am Inn, Cemetery Dust began in 2005 and quickly stirred up strong local support. Debut album Power of the Hypocrite was unleashed in 2008 and with its persuasive blend of metal furies set the basis for the band’s sound as their presence began to spread. Its successor An Anatomy of War followed in 2012 and showed another creative and aural leap in the band’s creativity, a step emulated again in To rule them all with even greater maturity in songwriting and craft. Released via Metal Music Austria, it is a furious and intimidating proposition yet every assault and incitement posing as a song is veined by a seductive and unpredictable lure.

The album opens with the mesmeric calm and beauty of Proelium Elementorum, an instrumental track which transfixes ears and imagination without giving any hint of the onslaught to come. It has no portentous air or intimidation to it of any kind, just a weave of elegant guitar play and melodic temptation. In many ways it is at odds with what follows as even the calm before the storm has essences of turbulence in its air but here the alluring opener just seduces before being pushed aside by the tempestuous might of Souls Come Undone. Riffs and rhythms are an instant ravaging of ears ridden by the equally caustic and hostile tones of Philipp Forster. There is no escape from its intensity and raging but it comes with a great tempering of guitar enterprise from Forster and Christoph Steinlechner, grooves and sonic flames a rich and incendiary spilling invention and infectiousness. The merciless attack of drummer Rupert Sonnleitner equally has catchiness to its trespass on the senses, though everything ultimately ignites as one hellacious tempting.

a2428907815_10     The following Bleed for the Machine is the same, uncompromising in its thrash bred riffery and death seeded sonic malevolence but irresistible in grooves and unpredictability. The bass of Benjamin Jensen snarls and groans wonderfully within the song, its presence as bestial as it is magnetically varied, whilst the guitars flirt and scorch ears with their own imaginative designs. The track is fascinating, the first of the most inventive and creatively diverse offerings on the release before seeping into samples of ‘apocalyptic’ news reports which in turn lead into the might of The Great Isolation. The fourth song on To rule them all, with an agitated opening and inviting shuffle, draws on a hardcore squalling of voice and sound before infusing it into another fierce thrash spawned provocation. As suggested earlier, there is a familiarity which comes with certain moments and songs, not always exactly definable but recognisable within styles, but as here it is potently honed into something new and inventive. Once more Forster and Steinlechner have ears and thoughts riveted with their simple riffs driven ravaging but more so through strands of sonic ingenuity. Hooks seduce and grooves bind but the whole melodic enterprise from their imagination is what borders on sonic poetry.

     Tiger, Dragon and Snake is a stalking beast from its first breath, swiftly turning its prowl into a senses scavenging hostility disguised with toxic grooves and heavily swinging rhythms whilst Cloak of Blood next, and in deed the following The Blind King, show themselves to be even more severe predators. The first of this pair is especially inescapable, every riff and beat an intrusive beckoning over which coarse vocals scowl and guitars dangle addiction forging incitements, some with a classic metal spicing. Its successor is equally as adept in enthralling ears and thoughts with an evolving tirade of inventive bait, though demanding a more intensive attention than its infection spewing predecessor.

The hefty offerings of Monument of Hate and its title track brings To rule them all to an impressive close. The first of the two spins a fearsome and engaging web around Jensen’s menacingly alluring basslines, creating a canvas of exotic and corrosive predation in sound and intensity. As all songs there is constantly shifting scenery to the landscape; a seamless and masterful shifting which is never less than aggressively savage. The final song is more of the same in design and character whilst carrying its own distinct guise, though there are moments across the album where tracks do have a similar presence if not ever enough to disturb the potency and impressiveness of the release.

It is hard to imagine Cemetery Dust being an unknown quantity from hereon in because of To rule them all alone. It is a release to awaken new spotlights on and appetites for the band’s invigorating sound and its blazing adventure, one all extreme metal fans should make themselves aware of at the very least..

To rule them all is available now via Metal Music Austria digitally and on CD @ http://metalmusicaustria.bandcamp.com/album/to-rule-them-all


RingMaster 30/04/2015

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Atomik Destruktor – Unnatural Disorder

Atomik Destruktor 2015

If looking for some old school thrash inspired by the genre’s founders then the debut album from Portuguese metallers Atomik Destruktor is the perfect offering to get your teeth in to. Influenced by the likes of Destruction, Sodom, Kreator, Metallica, Slayer, Exodus…well you get the picture, the Braga quintet is straight down the line thrash metal but with an attitude and creativity which makes their release much more than expectations filling. Explosive and suitably aggressive, it is full-on enjoyment with a great anthemic presence, a mix which always goes down a treat.

Atomik Destruktor began in 2007, formed by three high school friends in vocalist Turtle, guitarist Gibson, and drummer Jota, with second guitarist Pedraça straight away brought into the band too. The departure of Turtle saw bassist Marco joining up alongside vocalist Paulo Thrasher, but it was only a few months later that the latter left and the returning Turtle completed the now in place line-up. 2008 saw the band ventured into the live scene and the following year the release of the Destroy, Disagree & Disrespect demo. In 2011 the band entered Grave Studios to record their first album. With live shows also going on, its recording took a long time to complete but finally it gets it’s unveiling via Helldprod Records, providing a fierce, volatile, and thoroughly enjoyable outing for thrash fans.

The album opens with Atomic Destruction, its initial touch samples within a distant but swiftly brewing web of guitar enterprise. They swiftly confront ears in full volume and tenacity though as riffs become a fiery and inviting incitement matched by jabbing beats and a meaty bassline. Top gear is soon locked in, the band charging with spicy grooves and rabid riffs across the senses and into a quickly greedy appetite. Turtles’ vocals are antagonistic and raw, the perfect fit for the erosive energy and driving riffery fuelling the highly agreeable encounter. Backing vocal calls and sharp hooks certainly hold no surprises, as the rest of the track in many ways, yet it matters little in the contagious and accomplished persuasion of the excellent song.

album cover - promoçao  A great start is matched by the following Attack of the Virus where again riffs and rhythms collude with ripe vocal bait to create a virulent slab of thrash addictiveness. Those earlier mentions influences are heard across song and of course album, extra colour to the infectious exploits of the band. A hostile swagger and enticing grooves unite to create a bruising march on the senses whilst a spicy sonic guitar solo towards the song’s end, is a moment revealing more of the skill and imagination of the band.

Comatose next is anything but, an explosive and hungry surge of nagging riffs and vicious rhythms stoked further by the angry tones of Turtle, whilst the album’s title track roams the senses with niggling infectiousness and bracing ferocity. Both also expel moments of inventive melodic acidity and uncompromising sonic intrusiveness which only captivates as it stirs up the already turbulent landscapes of the songs. The same again applies to the excellent Phantom City, its bruising and intensive assault, though less violent than the previous two, comes with tasty veins of imaginative grooving and searing individual endeavour courtesy of the guitars.

No song is anything less than vehement rhythmically, though that element is never short of imagination, and in basslines a constant offer of primal temptation, as found in the blistering confrontation almost punk like of Merciless Squad and after, the barbarous War Machine. Both as you would expect are loaded with anthemic persuasion and raw power, though the latter feels like a barrage of the most brutal armoury at the band’s creative disposal.

The same kind of extreme viciousness soaks final track DxDxD too, though it infuses its attack with hardcore attitude and punk energy for quite simply a mouth-watering riot of rock ‘n’ roll. It provides a thrilling end to a great encounter. Originality is at a premium but for unbridled fun and exhaustingly accomplished thrash metal Unnatural Disorder is a triumph all should take a romp with.

Unnatural Disorder is available from April 30th via Helldprod Records, digitally at https://atomikdestruktor.bandcamp.com/album/unnatural-disorder


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Rooster Cole – More Than You EP


If you had to choose one word to describe the music of Rooster Cole it would have to be dramatic. Given a couple more to use then evocative and spellbinding would be next in line. As evidenced by recent debut single More Than You, the band’s sound and presence is pure aural theatre, transportation to sultry and emotional adventures which simply seduce ears and imagination. Now a four track EP with the last single as its title track has been unveiled to declare Rooster Cole as one of the most exciting and magnetic propositions in the British music scene today.

Rooster Cole is the solo project of Black Black Hills frontman Mark S. Aaron, a band itself igniting the music landscape before seemingly going on a hiatus. With a sound described as Bluesman Mariachi Soul, hard to think of a more accurate description either, Aaron unveiled a couple of songs last year to whet the appetite before releasing, as mentioned, his first single a few weeks back. It was a song which not only expanded on the potential of those early tasters but opened up a new web of intrigue and promise which now the EP has been taken to even greater depths and thrilling exploits.

MORE THAN YOU EP blue     The EP opens with Up To The Teeth and swiftly with its spicy caress of guitar and more sombre bass tone, has ears alert and the imagination intrigued, especially when the expressive drama lined vocals of Aaron begin the narrative. Only a few seconds in and a swarthy climate soaks the senses and song whilst a spicy flavouring spills from the melodic enterprise of the guitar and an evocative tang seeps from the keys. Its ambience is just as humid and provocative whilst vocally Aaron paints a potent picture for thoughts and emotions to embrace. His voice and presence is pure magnetism, as his songwriting and musical craft, and imagining Nick Cave and Roy Orbison as one unique person will only take you closer to the impact and qualities of the man. For all its shadowed feel and dark drama there is catchiness to the song which is just as gripping, its chorus especially magnetic with its melodic and vocal roar.

     More Than You steps up next and from its first breath has the listener under a sweltering sun scorched sky, a Tarrantino meets Morricone ambience colouring the broad yet intimately suggestive soundscape of song. It is exotic in air and rousing in touch but equally with discord lined sonic winds also bringing their temptation, the track is an unpredictable and compelling adventure. Aaron once again croons ears into submission, every word and syllable a conjuring of the imagination with his distinct and mesmeric delivery; if there is a finer descriptive and evocative vocalist right now we cannot think of them.

Whereas the first two songs are gentle immersions, even if each also brews stirring and intoxicating crescendos, third track River Deep strolls in on an immediately lively swing and energetic shuffle. The sway of the song is simply hypnotic and the rhythmic enticement a lure to listener involvement in feet and body. Thoughts and emotions are in turn taken care of by the voice and rich melodic enterprise of Aaron, aided by the feel of eighties bands like Heaven 17 in the feisty pop energy of the song. As always, Rooster Cole songs are a blend of light and dark and the latter, with its bluesy rock embrace, offers up The Doors and Bernaccia like whispers, though it all emerges as one unique Rooster Cole emprise.

Final song Evelyn is a ballad of haunting emotion and beauty, an inescapable magnet for ears and unbridled seduction for the imagination. Strings caress the senses with their melodic croon whilst Aaron strokes thoughts with every line of the dark romance, it all gently prowled by the throaty tone of the bass. Brief but sending a tingle down the spine, the song is a glorious end to a stunning release.

Aaron had us awoken to his voice and songwriting with Black Black Hills, further impressed and excited with his recent single and now lustfully inflamed through the More Than You EP. Rooster Cole is now on course to be the future of dark mournful rock ‘n’ roll.

The More Than You EP is out now @ https://roostercole.bandcamp.com/

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RingMaster 30/04/2015

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